Saturday, July 16, 2011

Teaching Teachers

Being a Pinnacle Leader in Year 2, our main focus is teaching teachers.  I have never planned a Professional Development session before, so it was a little daunting at the beginning.  I decided that if I had a good attitude about it and I kept into account what I enjoy in PD, then it should not be too difficult.

From reading "Teaching Teachers: Professional Development To Improve Student Achievement", I gleaned two important concepts to help my planning.  One, make sure that the PD is applicable to what the teacher actually teaches. Two, it is critical that the workshop have real life application in the teacher's classroom. It needs to be directly linked to the curriculum and the assessment that the teacher is teaching.

The other article about Adult Learners, described how adults learn and compared them to youth learners.  Adult learners are problem centered, result oriented and self directed.  They can be skeptical about new information and desire to learn only what is applicable to real life.

So, while planning professional development at my school, these are all things I need to keep in mind.  The key question that I want my "students" to answer, is "Why am I at this PD, and how can it apply to me?"

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